Each year, five individuals or, occasionally, teams are selected by a prominent international panel of experts to receive the prestigious Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. Each Pew Fellow is awarded a $150,000 grant, allocated over three years, to complete an original, research-based marine conservation project. Fellowships applications are by nomination only.
Who We Are
The Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation is part of the Ocean Science Division at Pew. Working to address critical marine conservation issues in the United States as well as in Europe, Australia, Antarctica and elsewhere, Pew contains one of the world’s largest marine programs in science and environmental advocacy.
Application for the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation is by nomination only and unsolicited applications are not accepted.
Each year a group of international marine conservation leaders are invited by the Pew Fellows Program to nominate outstanding individuals engaged in interdisciplinary, innovative work on marine conservation. Those nominees for the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation are asked to submit applications that are then reviewed and scored by the Pew Fellows Program Advisory Committee, comprised of experienced global experts in marine conservation.
The fellowship proposals are ranked based on the applied conservation merit of the proposal, the potential impact of the project and the individual's professional achievement. Pew Marine Conservation Fellowships are targeted to mid-career professionals whose future contributions to marine conservation will be significantly enhanced by receiving a Pew Fellowship.
Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation Awards
Granted over a three-year period, the $150,000 Pew Fellowship award is a project-based grant. Pew Fellowships support projects that are designed to contribute to marine conservation research, enhance leadership capacity, support outreach, promote conservation education and inform policy decision-making. Communication and outreach that support improved policies and action for the global environment are at the core of every Pew Fellow's project.
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Throughout history, we’ve seen how removing one animal from an ecosystem can bring a cascading series of changes. It’s rare to observe the return of that animal and the impact that brings. A new film featuring Pew marine fellows Anne Salomon and Jim Estes, as well as fellowship adviser Bob Paine, looks at just that scenario: the revival of sea otters along the coast of British... Read More
A new study, published by Marine Pollution Bulletin and led by Pew marine fellow Rob Williams, explains the dangers of noise along the coast of British Columbia and says humans have an opportunity to conserve quiet habitat for the endangered and noise-sensitive whales and dolphins that live in the region. Read More
Experts have long thought that some sharks roamed entire oceans without a place to call home, but a recent scientific review of global data challenges that entrenched notion. The analysis, published in the annual review of Marine Science, January 2015, reveals that sharks live their lives in geographic patterns and that observing the order of their behaviors can help tailor... Read More